Situated at the heart of the School, the Library combines the Victorian beauty of the former main School with up-to-date technology, computers and modern study desks.


he Library aims to provide a peaceful place for pupils and staff to work. It offers a stimulating research base, encourages independent learning and makes reading a positive alternative to more frenetic free-time activities.

Home to over 12,000 non-fiction books, the Library provides research material in all academic subjects. Most of these books are available for loan, while the most popular are reserved for use within the Library as Reference books. Several daily newspapers and approximately 30 magazines, covering a wide range of interests are also provided.

The Library also contains the fiction and biography stock of about 2500 books which appeal to every taste from serious classics to tongue-in-cheek fantasy. This popular section of the Library is regularly supplemented by recommendations from staff and pupils, by novels shortlisted for prizes such as the Carnegie, Booker, Orange and Whitbread awards, and anything else that catches the Librarian’s eye. There is also a collection of 360 DVDs and a stock of lighter entertainment magazines to encourage leisure reading in this space.

There are 100 work spaces which include 23 computer work stations. The Library has wireless hubs and pupils are encouraged to come in with their laptops.

The Library provides a reading list for Fifth Form and Sixth Form pupils with all of the books listed available to borrow from the library. These recommendations are broken down by related academic subjects. You can view the list here.

During term time the Library is open from:
8.30am to 9.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm on Saturdays, and 10.30am to 6.00pm on Sundays.

For further information please contact Sarah Eldred, Head Librarian (tel: 01865 319 248)


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